A Biblical Definition of Wisdom — Guest Post by Richard Capriola

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How do you define wisdom? For some it’s measured by a person’s level of knowledge and learning or by one’s level of education. Dictionaries define wisdom as philosophic and scientific learning. Other definitions of wisdom include sound judgment, good insight, or common sense. Native Americans believe wisdom is earned only after living a long life that brings learning and experience.

These definitions have merit, but they fall short of a biblical definition of wisdom. Biblical wisdom can be defined as the ability to see things from God’s point of view. As Christians, our wisdom grows when we understand and accept God’s point of view. The same is true of nations; they show wisdom when they align their policies with God’s view.

Without wisdom people can find themselves in trouble and countries risk disaster. The further a nation strays from God’s point of view, the closer it comes to being a nation under judgment.

We live in a nation that prides itself on being “one nation under God.” We ask for God’s blessing in songs like “God Bless America” by Irving Berlin. Our Supreme Court opens every session with “God save the United States and this Honorable Court.” The president and other politicians pandering for our votes give speeches that end with “God bless America.”

But what does it mean to be “one nation under God?” Have the words become merely a patriotic slogan? Do they have value only in times of national crises, when we feel threatened? Are we a nation asking for God’s protection and blessings while turning away from His point of view?

As a nation “under God” do we see things from God’s point of view when shaping national policies? Or have we lost our wisdom as a nation? When we create polices on hunger, homelessness, poverty, protecting the environment and marriage, are we following God’s point of view – or a political agenda? What does it say about our values when one of every fifty children lacks sufficient food, in a nation that wastes 40 percent of its food? These are important questions that must be asked if we value being a nation “under God” because the answers may point to a nation moving away from God’s point of view and losing its wisdom.

Christians cannot escape our responsibility to hold those we elect to public office accountable for crafting polices that reflect God’s point of view. If our nation is losing its wisdom – its ability to see things from God’s point of view – we have a responsibility to advocate for change and to elect leaders who believe that “one nation under God” is not merely a political slogan but a call to action that will bring our policies into line with God’s point of view.

Our Founding Fathers knew that we could not indefinitely exist apart from God’s point of view. George Mason warned that providence would punish national sins with national calamities. Thomas Jefferson said “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just and that his justice cannot sleep forever.” These great men understood that our nation’s future rests on its commitment to live by the words “one nation under God” and that we must create national polices that reflect His point of view rather than policies that conform to a political agenda.

Have we lost our wisdom as a nation – our ability to see things from God’s point of view? Ultimately the answer to that question will determine if we are headed toward being a nation under judgment.
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Richard Capriola is the author of A Nation Under Judgment. His book defines wisdom as the ability to see things from God’s point of view. It addresses many of our nation’s social issues such as hunger, homelessness, marriage, the environment and abortion and empowers readers to consider if we are moving away from being One Nation Under God and moving toward God’s judgment. He completed four years of Clinical Pastoral education and has served as a hospital chaplain and mental health counselor. His book is available on Amazon and readers can view a book trailer at www.anationunderjudgment.com He resides in Katy Texas.

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Completely Revised and Expanded, in print and ebook: The Conflict of the Ages, Parts 1-3

 

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Conflict of the Ages Parts I-III Teacher Edition

Science, History, Literature reunited. Eyewitness testimony and the real scientific method. Read ancient manuscripts, search the world, and discover truth instead of buying into preconceptions. When did time begin? Who are the Sons of God? Did ancient Establishments of Religion construct cultural controls and make man a god? Rediscover the Worldwide Flood and the truth about the Ice Age.

It’s tough, but you need this exhaustive worldwide study of evidence, investigation, and exalting the Scriptures as the ultimate authority. There was one eyewitness to the beginning of the universe. It might surprise you to know how much of His truth has been preserved, and how many struggle today to put that truth in the hands of teachers and students.

 

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The Conflict of the Ages Part One The Scientific History of Origins Student

 

The Conflict of the Ages is a Multi-Part exploration of History, Science and ancient Literature. This first installment covers the concepts of God, time, Creation, physics, cosmology, and specifics about each day of Creation. We make comparisons with ancient sources to see where they agree with the Scriptural account. We reference classic and modern scientific views, exposing errors, preconceptions, presuppositions and falsehoods taught as fact by the mainstream scientific community. God is the first witness and the Bible the first eyewitness account of beginnings and origins.Other ancient documents contain at least some truths and parallel accounts.

 

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The Conflict of the Ages Part II Student: The Origin of Evil in the World that Was

 

God made everything “very good”, so how did evil come into being? Is “original sin” real or just a myth? Could man talk to animals? There might be myths around the world that echo the creation story, but did ancient people believe in the fall of angels? What does “their eyes were opened” really mean?

 

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The Conflict of the Ages III Student: They Deliberately Forgot: The Flood and the Ice Age

The worldwide Flood is one of the most discounted records in the Scriptures. Yet it is supported around the world by historical accounts. Take a look at feasibility studies on the safety and the stocking of the Ark.

The Geologic Column ought to prove that fossils reveal the age of the earth. They show progression from simple to complex organisms over millions of years. But do they? Take a look at “living fossils.” Meet the extinct creature found only in the “oldest” layers but more complex than “later” life forms. Consider the real conditions that surrounded the Flood and the Ice Age.

 

 

 

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New Release: Fifty Shades of Faithful — Post by Mary C. Findley

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No, I’ve never published contemporary fiction before. Yes, I have been writing it, off and on, for years. Other things seemed more important. But I happened to show a Counselor-in-training friend a short story I wrote over 20 years ago called, “Cowboys and Indians”. She was thrilled with the ideas in the story, about threats to marriage, about trust and playful intimacy, and about the looming threat of divorce in Christian marriages. She wanted me to publish it stand-alone, but I thought I would add to it, and focus on the secondary characters of Sam and Vivian Tucker. He’s a cop. She’s a photographer. After 20+ years together, they both see marriage and Christianity a little differently from some people, and they want to help couples in trouble. Divorce, Adultery, intimacy issues, spousal abuse, cultural taboos, and even child trafficking are all here in this collection of five stories. One reviewer said that if this book had existed back when she was married, it might have saved her from divorce. Whew! With Fifty Shades of Gray so popular, even among Christians, and the movie digging those ideas deeper into everybody’s heads, I thought this was a need that I might be able to fill. Give Tucker&Tucker a chance to help more marriages and relationships learn about fidelity and intimacy, not dominance and submission.

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See Cynthia P. Willow’s review here! http://www.cynthiapwillow.com/under-the-willow-tree-blog/my-review-of-fifty-shades-of-faithful-by-mary-c-findley

“Finding any drugs or beer kegs, officer?” Tim asked dryly, coming into the kitchen/living room.
“No, sir, and I’m not finding any food either, except this fossilized pizza.” He prodded the unopened box on the counter. “My friend said you’d been here about four days, taking long showers in the middle of the night. What have you been eating?”
“Well, nothing, I guess. My dad brought me that pizza when he was here – I didn’t really feel like it at the time. The coffee was complimentary with the coffeemaker when I moved in, as I understand it. I don’t normally drink it.”
“Well, it’s all there is, so choke it down. What do you normally drink?”
“Straight bourbon,” Tim grunted, swigging the coffee. “Ugh, this stuff is horrible. How can you drink it?”
“With four sugars and three creams,” the police officer replied. “But you don’t have anything like that. If you drink bourbon, you must eat the bottles afterward.”
“Right, I do. And then I beat up my wife.”
“Yeah, I believe that as much as I believe the bourbon.”
“No, it’s true. Call up your headquarters, or whatever you call it. You’ll find a protection from abuse order under Timothy James Reynolds. Or is it filed under her name? Sandra – Sandra–”
Tim buried his face in his hands and sobbed. His cup fell on the floor and the coffee scalded his leg but he didn’t care. The police officer pulled him up onto his feet and shook him hard.
“Say, what is wrong with you? You’re not drunk. There are no drugs – no anything in this place. You’ve shaved and taken showers, even washed clothes, my friend tells me from spying on the laundry room. Everything’s perfectly neat – clothes put away, no dust. If I had to guess I’d say you’re a Christian. What’s all this about a protection from abuse order?”
“No, no, you’re making a big mistake, officer, calling me a Christian,” Tim said, dangling in the bigger man’s grip. “I’m a pervert, a sadist. Ask anyone who knows me. Ask my wife – Is she still my wife, do you think? Can they divorce you without you even knowing about it?”
“Sit down,” the officer said. Tim sat. “Tell me what’s going on.”
“Did Sandy send you? Is she gathering evidence? Don’t you have to read me my rights?” Tim was babbling. He knew it. He just didn’t know how to stop. He was tired, he was sick; he couldn’t think. But the story came pouring out of him anyway, and the stranger in the police uniform sat down across from him and listened without saying a word.
“So that’s how it is,” the officer murmured. “Look, son, it’s Sunday morning.”
“Is it?” Tim asked blankly.

 

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Building the Pyramids of Egypt According to Herodotus — post by Michael J. Findley

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The Greek Herodotus wrote a book in the 5th century BC he called Inquiries or To Know By Searching Out. We transliterate the letters Histories. Though written more than 1,600 years after the pyramids of Giza were built, the diligent inquiries of Herodotus are the most reliable records we have for the construction of the Egyptian pyramids. Herodotus inquired of the Egyptians alive in his day, who related this record to him. It is neither a primary nor a secondary source, yet it is the most accurate information available to us. Herodotus himself begins the section on Egypt with this disclaimer: “These Egyptian stories are for the benefit of whoever believes such tales: my rule in this history is that I record what is said by all as I have heard it.”

Those who, like myself, would like to know why the pyramids were built will find this disappointing. It only gives one version of one possible way the pyramids might have been constructed. Here is link to the complete work, The History of Herodotus parallel English/Greek English translation: G. C. Macaulay, (pub. Macmillan, London and NY) [1890] http://www.sacred-texts.com/cla/hh/ And here is a link to the section on the building of the pyramids. http://www.cheops-pyramide.ch/khufu-pyramid/herodotus.html

“Down to the time when Rhampsinitos was king, they told me there was in Egypt nothing but orderly rule, and Egypt prospered greatly; but after him Cheops became king over them and brought them to every kind of evil.” Cheops is his Greek name. He had several Egyptian names, but the most well know is Khufu. He enslaved the entire country and made “all the Egyptians work for him.” The description made by Herodotus makes Khufu seem like a crazed, power-mad maniac.
The individual stones were cut upstream and loaded onto a ship called a “baris.” Once the stone was unloaded, the barge was dragged upstream from the shore back to the place of stone cutting. The construction of the barges are described in detail.

The Egyptians “worked by a hundred thousand men at a time, for each three months continually. Of this oppression there passed ten years while the causeway was made by which they drew the stones, which causeway they built, and it is a work not much less, as it appears to me, than the pyramid; for the length of it is five furlongs and the breadth ten fathoms and the height, where it is highest, eight fathoms, and it is made of stone smoothed and with figures carved upon it. For this, they said, the ten years were spent, and for the underground chambers on the hill upon which the pyramids stand, which he caused to be made as sepulchral chambers for himself in an island, having conducted thither a channel from the Nile. For the making of the pyramid itself there passed a period of twenty years; and the pyramid is square, each side measuring eight hundred feet, and the height of it is the same. It is built of stone smoothed and fitted together in the most perfect manner, not one of the stones being less than thirty feet in length.”

From this description, most historians have dismissed this entire account because pulling these stones up any kind of causeway is impossible, as many have demonstrated. However, nothing in this says that the causeway was uphill. If the stones were pulled downhill, even on a slight grade, and they had some type of lubricant, the stones could be moved. The great pyramid has an estimated 2.3 million stones.

The three pyramids were built in a total of 106 years. “This Cheops, the Egyptians said, reigned fifty years; and after he was dead his brother Chephren succeeded to the kingdom. This king followed the same manner as the other, both in all the rest and also in that he made a pyramid, not indeed attaining to the measurements of that which was built by the former (this I know, having myself also measured it), and moreover there are no underground chambers beneath nor does a channel come from the Nile flowing to this one as to the other, in which the water coming through a conduit built for it flows round an island within, where they say that Cheops himself is laid: but for a basement he built the first course of Ethiopian stone of divers colours; and this pyramid he made forty feet lower than the other as regards size, building it close to the great pyramid. These stand both upon the same hill, which is about a hundred feet high. And Chephren they said reigned fifty and six years. Here then they reckon one hundred and six years, during which they say that there was nothing but evil for the Egyptians…”

The Egyptians who labored on the pyramids where fed, housed, clothed, and given medical attention. But they were not paid. Even so, the cost bankrupted the country. “On the pyramid it is declared in Egyptian writing how much was spent on radishes and onions and leeks for the workmen, and if I rightly remember that which the interpreter said in reading to me this inscription, a sum of one thousand six hundred talents of silver was spent; and if this is so, how much besides is likely to have been expended upon the iron with which they worked, and upon bread and clothing for the workmen, seeing that they were building the works for the time which has been mentioned and were occupied for no small time besides, as I suppose, in the cutting and bringing of the stones and in working at the excavation under the ground?”

“Cheops moreover came, they said, to such a pitch of wickedness, that being in want of money he caused his own daughter to sit in the stews, [the wages of prostitution] and ordered her to obtain from those who came a certain amount of money (how much it was they did not tell me); but she not only obtained the sum appointed by her father, but also she formed a design for herself privately to leave behind her a memorial, and she requested each man who came in to her to give her one stone upon her building: and of these stones, they told me, the pyramid was built which stands in front of the great pyramid in the middle of the three, each side being one hundred and fifty feet in length.” The third pyramid was built by Mykerinos, son of Cheops. “This king also left behind him a pyramid, much smaller than that of his father, of a square shape and measuring on each side three hundred feet lacking twenty, built moreover of Ethiopian stone up to half the height.”

The important point which has puzzled many is the actual assembly of the stones once they were on site. The description of Herodotus leaves much to the imagination. “This pyramid was made after the manner of steps, which some call “rows” and others “bases”: and when they had first made it thus, they raised the remaining stones with machines made of short pieces of timber, raising them first from the ground to the first stage of the steps, and when the stone got up to this it was placed upon another machine standing on the first stage, and so from this it was drawn to the second upon another machine; for as many as were the courses of the steps, so many machines there were also, or perhaps they transferred one and the same machine, made so as easily to be carried, to each stage successively, in order that they might take up the stones; for let it be told in both ways, according as it is reported. However that may be, the highest parts of it were finished first, and afterwards they proceeded to finish that which came next to them, and lastly they finished the parts of it near the ground and the lowest ranges.”

While the traditional view is that the stones could not be put in place this way, there are several possibilities. First, there was water surrounding the pyramid. The lower stones are much larger and a dike could have been constructed to make a moat or pond and float the larger stones into place. When they were too high to add more water, the “machines” took over. Levers can raise stones inches at a time. Since Herodotus uses the word machine, there were likely a series of levers. But it would be difficult to move the stone laterally, that is sideways. So the stone would require precise placement before the machine began lifting it.

The details Herodotus leaves with us certainly make the building of the pyramids by this method seem unlikely, though possible. As I began this piece, we still do not know why they were built.

Image courtesy of Ricardo Liberato – All Gizah Pyramids from Wikimedia Commons.

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Much Learning Hath Made Thee Mad! — Guest Post by Marilynn Dawson

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This morning wondering what I would delve into next for personal devotional time, the thought occurred to me that people, perhaps now more than any other time in history, are questioning the validity of God’s Word.  Christians swayed by scientific arguments falsely so-called, (1 Timothy 6:20)  O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called are now questioning the Biblical account of Genesis in Chapters 1 and 2. The first argument being that of the word “day”, which is used in other parts of Scripture to mean a literal day, as well as a figurative day.

Proponents of this argument conveniently leave out God’s definition of a day as given in this passage, “And the evening and the morning were the first or second or third (etcetera), day”.  If God had not stipulated what made up a typical day, then these arguments might stand a chance of holding water.  But God did stipulate the nature of these days as being the very same definition given to the Jewish people.  The argument regarding the verse in 2 Peter 3:8  “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” totally takes this verse out of context in order to make their point for theistic evolution.  When taken in context, Peter is telling his readers that there will be scoffers who deride the Lord’s people, demanding to know when He will return, because He appears to be taking so long.  Peter is trying to state that God lives outside of time and that what seems short to us, may have been long to God, or what is long for us may have been short for God.  This in no way can be used as a counter-argument for God’s definition of “day” spelled out for us in the Genesis account.  “The evening and the morning” is a clear indication of the time frame God stepped into for the sake of creation.

Still others argue that the second chapter takes things out of context.  This is an argument that doesn’t wash either.  How many times do you sit and listen to someone speak, who spells out three points and then goes back to flesh out one of them?  This is what God is doing in the narration of the creation account.  God spells out what took place in chapter one, then He takes the point of creation of man and fleshes it out in more detail.  No discrepancy here at all.

Interestingly, proponents of these arguments for the Creation account then come back with the infallibility and inerrancy of Scripture, calling that into question as well.  I actually saw a person outright deny the God-ordained dictation of the Scriptures, which completely goes against Hebrews 1:1  where it says “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,” and Peter where he said in 2 Peter 1:19-21  “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:  20  Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.  21  For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” 

Now the argument here is that we are using Scripture to speak for itself.  To that I give a 100% affirmative YES!  To do otherwise is to challenge what God has handed down to us, to challenge His ability to keep a straight record of all He wants us to do, learn and grow through, and challenges His claim that this is a living, breathing book (Hebrews 4:12)  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Either what God has shared with mankind is true, or both Christianity and Judaism are full-on lies no different than any other religion out there.  Speaking of lies, how would we even know what a lie was if someone greater than ourselves had not given us the concept of right and wrong and taught us the truth from a lie.  This level of teaching occurred via the Torah, otherwise known to Christians as the first five books of the Old Testament.

Reasons for disbelief in what God has said about His own Word has come about because of apparent scientific discovery, archeological discrepency and the occasional bout of historical silence.  Scholars have chosen to let these be their judge of whether God’s Word is true or not, whether it can be trusted or not, and whether it was given by divine appointment or not.  In other words, scholars have placed human knowledge above God and have begun forcing God to bow to their expectations, or God isn’t God anymore.  The fact that many of these scholars are supposedly naming themselves as Christians should give the true Child of God both pause for reflection as well as shock and dismay that human knowledge has set itself up as god over God!

Romans has a few harsh observations about this very situation:  (Romans 1:18-22)  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;  19  Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.  20  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:  21  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  22  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

Did that passage sound familiar?  Once a person can be led to believe that the Bible is not the infallible, inerrant Word of God dictated to man as God saw fit via the Holy Spirit, all manner of other doubts can be brought into play with much human reasoning to supposedly back them up.  Remember what the serpent said to Eve in the Garden?  (Genesis 3:1)  Now the serpent was more subtile than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

“Yea, has God said. . . ?”  Did He really say that?  First we’ve had an undermining of the Genesis account.  Through that we’ve had an undermining of the understanding of the authority of Scripture.  From there it’s been an easy and simple step into questioning God’s stance on sin in the New Covenant, such as:

(Galatians 5:19-21)  Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,  20  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,  21  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

(1 Corinthians 6:9-20)  Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,  10  Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.  11  And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.  12  All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.  13  Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.  14  And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.  15  Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.  16  What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.  17  But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.  18  Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.  19  What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  20  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

Look these passages up in your favourite translation.  Passages such as these are now called into question quite severely by those who would choose to justify their preferred lifestyle and still somehow claim to be in relationship with Christ.  These are only examples from the New Testament, because more and more Christians are tossing out the Old Testament and claiming to be New Testament, or New Covenant believers.  They don’t want to believe that even in the New Testament, those who choose not to live as God commands will still end up in hell.  Their view of God’s love has been skewed from one of a caring Father making righteous judgements on behalf of those He loves, to nothing more than a sugar-daddy in the sky raining down blessings no matter how naughty His children might be.  I’m sorry, but that’s not how my Bible reads, and if you spend more time in the Word, you’ll discover your Bible doesn’t teach that either.

Using Scripture to support Scripture is using God’s Words to support God’s Words.  This takes no less faith than those who believe unswervingly in the theory of Evolution.  The theory of evolution has more holes in it than Scripture ever will, but because mankind in the modern age has made science the god of the land, somehow evolution is more believable than trusting that God meant what He said and said what He meant in the Scriptures.

Christ said we are to come to Him with the faith of a child.  (Mark 10:14-15)  But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.  15  Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.

Hence the title of this piece!  Much learning has made thee mad!  A child’s faith is very simple, very trusting, and has no reason to believe otherwise.  A child sees that a parent always has dinner on the table at a certain time and therefore believes that dinner will always be there and has implicit trust that the parent will always have dinner ready.  The child doesn’t begin to question the parent’s ability to have dinner on the table till they get older and begin to realize how hard it is for the parent to make that provision.  The child begins to lose their child-like trust and begins to doubt the parent, sometimes no longer believing the parent will follow through, even though the parent always has.

Today’s highly-educated scholars need to lay down their gods of knowledge and research, and come to Christ all over again, as little children, pushing aside the satanic seeds of doubt that raise human knowledge above God, and humble themselves before Him once more.  There is no room in the Kingdom of God for puffed up elevated levels of pride in human knowledge and accomplishments.  God will not bow to human reasoning.  God Himself says:

(Isaiah 55:7-11)  Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.  8  For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.  9  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.  10  For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:  11  So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts. . . and let him return to the Lord to find mercy and pardon. . . Hmmmm. . .

Marilynn can be contacted via her author page on Facebook at:https://www.facebook.com/Marilynn.Dawson.Author or by email: author@fa-ct.com

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Just Give Up? Not Me. — Post by Mary C. Findley

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It’s all over for publishing. *sob*

An author friend shared a post made by bestselling author Mary Demuth. She says, “This is why I’m taking a Sabbatical, and why I am having to reevaluate writing and speaking as a profession.” She in turn shared a post by Philip Yancy. You can read it here, along with all the comments, and mine, if they allow it through moderation.  http://www.philipyancey.com/archives/4176 

I expanded my comment a little and posted it on Mary Demuth’s page among the comments she was receiving. Here is what I said:

“How sad that you and the other commenters on this post just accept some mythical “end” to publishing opportunities when they are just beginning. What you described as “golden” was leaving it up to someone else to control everything you write and publish, including how long it takes before anyone ever sees it. We have come into a time of having the freedom to chose your editors, designers, and marketing opportunities, and of potentially reaching a worldwide audience every day on a blog, on Twitter, on Facebook. What is it that’s ended? Control and complacency for traditional publishers. What has begun? The day of writers who educate themselves fully about digital possibilities for serving God. We have over 2000 blog followers and have charted with several Amazon bestsellers. Nothing has ended. It is just beginning for us, even at 55+. I know courageous writers and are pushing through tougher stuff than you can probably even conceive of. It almost makes me angry that you call this discouraging. No, it DOES make me angry.”

All the comments on her fb page and his post are uniformly agreeing, sympathetic, commiserating. I know these are famous, successful authors, and claim to be in the Christian camp. I know they have a more powerful voice than I do. But I want to share with you a response I got from another famous bestselling Christian author,  on Mary Demuth’s page. Julie Patrick-Barnhill (who has been on Oprah, her website says) said this to me:

“We’re all working out our story, Mary. I find your eagerness to diminish another writer’s truth/perspective within their writing/confession to be sad. We’re all making our way and writing out of the truth of said experience.”

I have been dismissed, I see. But I have not been silenced. So here goes. I will give it both barrels and whoever listens, listens. But know that I am not discouraged and no bestselling super-famous people can force me to be.

Many who still think the dream of magic publishers who do everything for you while you just write ever really existed will be discouraged. Those of us who know you can make your own works work know that God, not traditional publishers, determines what we can do. Our influence might not be in bestsellers by the traditional publishing standard. But every month, people are getting our books, reading our blogs, seeing us on Twitter and facebook. We are in the fight. We are contending for the faith. We are learning, growing, reaching out, instead of whining and complaining about how there’s no one to carry us into book publishing.

I will close by commenting on Julie Barnhill’s post. She said I made her sad by questioning “another writer’s truth.” Is there more than one kind of truth? Do I smell a secularist new-age unbiblical rat in the house? But wait, she’s been on Oprah, the queen of New Age. Nuff said.

 

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Ice Age Civilization — Post by Michael J. Findley

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Secularism teaches a very long, slow progress for humans. They believe that the discovery of fire, the wheel, and how to domesticate animals took millennia. With much trial and error, one culture very slowly evolved into another. The evidence, however, shows a very rapid, sudden, even explosive growth of population, civilization, and advanced technology from the very beginning.

Rapid, even explosive growth fits the records available in Hebrew History. Noah and his family left the ark about 2350 BC. (Ussher’s date) Arphaxad was born 2 years later, then Arphaxad and his wife gave birth to Salah 35 later, followed by Eber thirty years later. Thirty-four years later, one hundred one years after leaving the ark, Noah’s great, great, great grandson Peleg was born. And Noah lived another 249 years.

During Peleg’s lifetime men decided to rebel against God by building a tower. Ussher tells us that they went “into the valley of Shinar. Genesis 11:2 Here the people impiously conspired as we find in the book of Wisdom /APC Wis 10:5 to hinder this dispersion of them as commanded by God and began by Noah (as may be gathered from Genesis 11:4,6,8,9 compared together).” [Annals of the World] This took place during Peleg’s lifetime, somewhere between 101 and 340 years after the flood.

Josephus tells us, “Now it was Nimrod who excited them to such an affront and contempt of God. He was the grandson of Ham, the son of Noah…” At this time there was only one language and only one culture. Under Nimrod’s leadership, they hunted down people to work on a tower. This explanation fits in with the rapid dispersment of nomad groups such as the Australian Aborigines and the Clovis people of the Americas. It also helps explain why the oldest artifacts show cave dwellers.

The Lord God intervened in the building of the tower. The languages were confounded and various people groups were divided. After the division, the various language groups began fighting among themselves. Unrepentant, they moved off and founded their own civilizations. Nimrod attempted to recapture these people for his own kingdom. This explains why civilizations suddenly appeared in China, Egypt, Europe, and the Indus Valley as well as Mesopotamia at nearly the same time. It shows why the Sumerian and Akkadian cultures are slightly older than the rest. It also explains why the oldest aspects of human culture are large buildings and warfare.

The tower of Babel and the confusion of languages took place near the beginning of the Ice Age. Meteorologist Michael Ord believes that the physical evidence shows that “the total length of time for a post-Flood Ice Age is about 700 years.”
https://answersingenesis.org/environmental-science/ice-age/where-does-the-ice-age-fit/

Using a seven hundred year period for the end of the Ice Age, we look for an event at the end of this time period to indicate the end. The seven years of plenty in Egypt began in 1715 BC [Ussher] when Joseph was vizier of Egypt. That was 737 after the flood ended, according to Ussher’s dating. It would have been several decades after the flood before the ice began to accumulate. While there is nothing which says that the seven years of famine ended the ice age, it was a worldwide famine and the timing fits. The people of all the earth came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph, because the famine was severe in all the earth. Genesis 41:57 NASB

It is a reasonable assumption that Egypt, which depends on the flooding of the Nile, would experience greater harvests as the rapidly melting ice caps added more soil, nutrients and increased the areas flooded. It is another reasonable assumption that the areas formerly covered by ice in central Africa which had supplied the Nile with annual floodwater would be bare and unable to retain both rain water and water from the annual snow thaws. These areas which were barren because they were covered by ice needed to grow vegetation. The vegetation would keep the rain waters which used to be snow from immediately rushing down the Nile and out to sea without providing Egypt with annual floods. It is also possible that is the time Lake Victoria formed. Whatever the reason, at the end of seven years of drought, the Nile River returned to annual flood cycles. These are assumptions, but they are reasonable assumptions based on the facts.

II. The Post Flood World: the Ice Age

“And the Chaldaeans boasted further, that they had observed the Stars 473,000 years; and there were others who made the Kingdoms of Assyria, Media and Damascus, much older than the truth.” Sir Isaac Newton, (emphasis added), The Chronology of Ancient Kingdoms Amended printed posthumously by J. Tonson, J. Osborn and T. Longman. 1728, London, England

When Noah and his family left the ark, the volcanic activities of the flood made the oceans warmer than any time in earth’s history. It is probable that near the end of the flood that the mountains rose and the valleys descended.

You covered it with the deep as with a garment;
The waters were standing above the mountains.
At Your rebuke they fled,
At the sound of Your thunder they hurried away.
The mountains rose; the valleys sank down
To the place which You established for them.
You set a boundary that they may not pass over,
So that they
[the waters] will not return to cover the earth.
Psalm 104:6-9 NASB

As the sea level lowered, ice formed on the rising mountain peaks and the Ice Age began. This began soon after they left the ark; perhaps immediately but decades at the most.

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